Art Basel: Artwork damaged at Perez Art Museum Miami event

Damaged art

While the city of Miami was abuzz Thursday evening with events related to Art Basel Miami Beach, the Perez Art Museum Miami, also known as PAMM, hit a snag as an artwork on display was damaged during its banner event for this year's Miami Art Week. 
Sometime late Thursday evening, Gean Moreno and Ernesto Oroza's work "Drywood" -- 12 concrete spheres nestled on the floor, each with a beach towel meshed into them -- was damaged by accident, according to the museum. Attendees were free to roam amongst the orbs and no restrictive signage or railings were present around the work before the incident.

The piece was damaged during an event the museum was presenting with DJ collective Future Brown and billed as a Dis Magazine and THV Entertainment production. The private soirée was open to PAMM Sustaining level members and above, and Art Basel Miami Beach, DesignMiami/ and Art Miami VIP cardholders. 

Based on observations, it was readily apparent that one of the concrete spheres broke in half while some spheres appeared to have tumbled out of place. At time of reporting, it was unclear of the exact circumstances that led to the work's damage or the total extent of the damage. Moreno, one of the collaborators on the work, was in attendance at the event and was aware the work was damaged. 
The museum released the following statement to the Miami Herald: "The damage to the work of art by Gean Moreno was an accident. The artist was present at the event and PAMM has responded to remove the work for safety. We will continue to collaborate with Gean to have it repaired." 
This is not the first time that PAMM has had issues concerning guests damaging works on display at the museum. Earlier this year, Miami artist Maximo Caminero smashed a vase, created by prolific Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, in an act of protest.

-- Ricardo Mor


Art Basel: Openings for Thursday, Dec. 4

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Art Basel Miami Beach: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Hours: 3-8 p.m. Dec. 4, noon-8 p.m. Dec. 5-6; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 7. One-day ticket $45 adults, $30 students and seniors; run of show $100; combination ticket for Art Basel and Design Miami: $55. artbasel.com.

Aqua Art Fair: Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Hours: Noon-9 p.m. Dec. 4; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets $15; $75 multi-day fair pass to Aqua, CONTEXT and Art Miami. aquaartmiami.com.

Art Spot Miami: 3011 NE First Ave. (inside Spectrum art fair), Midtown. Hours: 1-9 p.m. Dec. 4-6; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 7; Tickets: included with admission to Spectrum. aldocastilloprojects.com

Fridge Art Fair: Third Street Garage Artspace, 300 SW 12th Ave., Miami. Hours: 2-8 p.m. Dec. 4; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 5-8; 1-3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets: free. fridgeartfair.com.

FusionMIA: Northwest Second Avenue at 22nd Street, Miami. Free. Hours: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 4-7; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. //fusionmia.com/

Miami StreetPhotography Fair: Kike San Martin Studios, 2045 NW First Ave., Miami. Free. Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 4-5; 10-11 p.m. Dec. 6; noon-5 p.m. Dec. 7. www.miamistreetphotographyfestival.org

NADA Art Fair: The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Hours: 2-8 p.m. Dec. 4; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7. newartdealers.org

Pulse Miami: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Hours 1-7 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $20. pulse-art.com


Rubell Family Collection presents annual breakfast installation. From 9 a.m. at 95 NW 29th St., Wynwood; www.rfc.museum; 305-573-6090.

Art Basel Art Public opens in Collins Park, in front of the Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave. 3-11 p.m. Free. Artbasel.com.

Locust Projects, presents a reception featuring Daniel Arsham: Welcome to the Future, and Simón Vega: Sub-Tropical Social Sculptures, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Marcy Building, 3852 N. Miami Ave. locustprojects.org.

YoungArts and Marina Abramović Institute presents The Slow Motion Walk participatory performance, noon to 6 p.m. at the YoungArts Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd, Edgewater. Free. youngarts.org.

YoungArts presents a performance of FKA Twigs X Clams Casino, at the YoungArts Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd, Edgewater. 7 p.m. Tickets from $25. youngarts.org.

Art Basel / Film presents “Radio Ga Ga,” exploring concepts of “radio” and “waves.” 8 p.m. at the New World Center Soundscape, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Free. Artbasel.com.

Perez Art Museum Miami presents Future Brown featuring Kelela. 8 p.m. at PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Open to sustaining-level members ($175, join at pamm.org.)

Art Basel / Film presents The Digital Revolutionaries. 10 p.m. at the New World Center Soundscape, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach. Free. Artbasel.com.



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